Bird Studies Canada is our country’s leading science-based bird conservation organization. Our mission is to conserve wild birds of Canada through sound science, on-the-ground actions, innovative partnerships, public engagement, and science-based advocacy.
Watching birds is more popular than ever! Tens of thousands of Canadians share their energy, skill, and bird observations through Bird Studies Canada's bird surveys. These "Citizen Scientists" provide a tremendous service by volunteering their time to track the health of bird populations.
Using data from our targeted research initiatives and Citizen Science programs, and in collaboration with conservation partners, our scientists monitor bird population trends, investigate declines, and recommend actions to protect the health of ecosystems we all depend on.
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Research & Conservation Programs
Our Conservation Networks
Our educational programs combine bird research, Citizen Science, mentoring opportunities, school programs, public events, and workshops to provide engaging experiences that foster awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of birds and nature.
Long Point Programs
Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Urban Bird Programs
You can play an important role in conserving Canada's wild birds! Bird Studies Canada supporters provide charitable donations as well as making valuable Citizen Science contributions. Our nationwide programs are focused on the highest-priority conservation needs for birds.
Support Bird Studies Canada
Make a difference and support our research and conservation work.
Join Bird Studies Canada
Become a member and participate in any of our Citizen Science programs for free.
Great Canadian Birdathon
Rigorous scientific observations are necessary for effective conservation planning. Bird Studies Canada uses sound investigative science to "get questions answered" for bird conservation. To achieve this, BSC manages data collection at many scales, carries out rigorous analysis of these data, then provides this information in a useable form to managers, decision makers, and the broader public.
Our research covers a wide range of species and topics at local, regional, national, and international levels. Many of the projects involve data collection by "citizen scientists." We encourage you to investigate these volunteer-based programs through the "Volunteer Programs" menu to the left. Much of our "in-house" research is contained within this "BSC Research" section.